Dipendra Tamang Sedoka 2 2016A Sedoka is an unrhymed poem composed of two katauta. A katauta has three lines with the syllable pattern 5-7-7 and is complete in itself and able to stand alone. A Sedoka therefore has the syllable count: 5-7-7, 5-7-7.

In order to be correct, each katauta must be able to be read independently, but also create a cohesive singular work in the Sedoka. Often a Sedoka will address the same subject from different perspectives.

Sedoka is a Japanese form of poem that is now considered obscure.  Although they occur in The Manyoshu, the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry, they make up a very small number of the over 4000 poem anthology and are not widely practiced, although they are an interesting and challenging form to write.

Our examples are provided by Dipendra Tamanga ǀ @thangbalay

For group activities, you can break into pairs and each write a katauta on the same subject, but from different perspectives to create a single Sedoka.

For more examples of poems written using this form search the hashtag #SedokaHerHeart on Instagram, or visit our community here.

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